Breeders’ Cup Classic and Distaff
$5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I)
Post Horse Jockey Odds
1 Last Gunfighter Javier Castellano 20-1
2 Paynter Martin Garcia 12-1
3 Planteur Ryan Moore 20-1
4 Moreno Luis Saez 15-1
5 Declaration of War Joseph O’Brien 10-1
6 Mucho Macho Man Gary Stevens 5-1
7 Fort Larned Brian Hernandez Jr 6-1
8 Palace Malice John Velazquez 10-1
9 Game On Dude Mike Smith 8-5
10 Will Take Charge Luis Saez 12-1
11 Ron the Greek Jose Lezcano 8-1
12 Flat Out Joel Rosario 12-1
$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Post Horse Jockey Odds
1 Street Girl Angel Castillo 30-1
2 Authenticity John Velazquez 8-1
3 Close Hatches Joel Rosario 6-1
4 Royal Delta Mike Smith 8-5
5 Beholder Gary Stevens 5-2
6 Princess of Sylmar Javier Castellano 9-5
Breeders’ Cup Post Position Draw Quotes
Leah Gyarmati (Sweet Reason, Juvenile Fillies, post 9) – “It’s all right, I guess. I think with her running style, she could pretty much adjust herself to anything. I would have preferred to be a little more toward the middle.”
Mike Mitchell (Obviously, Mile, post 4) – “The post doesn’t much matter. He’s got so much speed and the game plan is to go. I love the post. I don’t think anybody is wondering what we’re going to do with him. We’re just going to get out of the gate and roll with him.”
Gary Mandella (Silentio, Mile, post 2) – “I’ve got to like it. They won’t let me redraw. We’ll save ground and make the best of it.”
Richard Mandella (Indy Point, Turf, post 9) – “That’s a good spot. It’s fine. I’m just happy to be here.”
Leonard Powell (Aotearoa, Juvenile Turf, post 7) – “I told my owner I wanted anywhere between 2 and 7. We got it. We’ll be good there.”
Neal McLaughlin, assistant to Kiaran McLaughlin (Alpha, Dirt Mile, post 7; Dance Card, Filly & Mare Sprint, post 4; Dancing House, Juvenile Fillies Turf, post 9; Sky Painter, Juvenile Fillies Turf, post 13) – “I’m really pleased with all of the draws. Dance Card, four of 12 is great, Alpha, seven of 12 is fantastic. I love Alpha’s post; it’s great. Dancing House, nine is OK, and Sky Painter, 13, is the only one that is of concern with her being on the outside.
“But (Sky Painter) is a versatile filly so I think she has enough speed to be able to go forward from the gate and put herself in position and not get shuffled back too far. But you never want to be that far outside on the turf anywhere, although I think she’s the type of filly that can handle that. She does have enough tactical speed to break well, get running, and get up in there in position.
“The only thing is those full fields. That’s a lot of horses to deal with and it’s going to be tough for all of them. But that’s why we’re here. Everything is great; we didn’t get the one-holes and we didn’t get all of the way outside. So considering we have four horses, we got great draws.”
Charles LoPresti (Wise Dan, Mile, post 8) – “I am very happy with my post.”
Buff Bradley (Groupie Doll, Filly & Mare Sprint, post 11) – “Excellent. I am glad to be where we are and that we are not down inside. I wanted the seven or eight, even the nine would have been fine because that is what she had last year. (Jockey) Rajiv (Maragh) just texted me: ‘Awesome’ ”.
Carlo Vaccarezza (owner, Little Mike, Turf, post 4) – “It’s fine. Little Mike doesn’t need any position. We’re going to send him, so any post is fine. I told (trainer) Dale (Romans) this morning that anything but one would be great.”
David Fawkes (Bahamian Squall, Sprint, post 6) – “I’m happy. No complaints. It’s a good position. There’s a lot of speed outside and some speed inside. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.”
Kathleen O’Connell (Scandalous Act, Juvenile Fillies, post 8) – “I’m happy with the post. I just didn’t want the one hole. Eddie (Eduardo Nunez) is a good rider as far as keeping them in reserve and letting them do what they need to do.
Doug O’Neill, (Private Zone, Sprint, post 7; Goldencents, Dirt Mile, Post 12; Renee’s Titan, Filly & Mare Sprint, Post 1; Clenor, Juvenile Fillies Turf, Post 10) – “Lucky 7 (for Private Zone). I love it and it was great to see Martin’s [jockey Martin Pedroza’s] response. He loved it and he showed it. The horse is doing great and he really breaks well. If he gets the kind of break he usually gets and he gets a clean trip, he’ll be tough. I wouldn’t want to trade places with anybody.
“(The 12 post for Goldencents) is the one post I wasn’t thrilled about, but as I thought about it, I think it will work out. He has enough speed out of the gate to clear a lot of the horses on the inside of him.
“Even the rail won’t bother (Renee’s Titan), because we want to take back and make one big run.
“(Clenor) will be fine there. She’s been training terrific and I think we’ll see a good race from her.”
Jim Cassidy (Holy Lute, Dirt Mile, post 8) – “When you’re sitting there worried about getting the one or the 12, you’ve got to love the eight.”
Simon Callaghan (No Jet Lag, Mile, post 1; Ontology, Juvenile Turf, post 10) – “We hoped we’d be higher with No Jet Lag. But (Ontology), that’s good for him.”
Mark Casse (My Conquestadory, Juvenile Fillies Turf, post 14; Laugh Track, Sprint, post 14; Conquest Titan, Juvenile, post 8; Pool Play, Marathon, post 9) “For My Conquestadory (groaned), well, it’s better than the 16. I haven’t been feeling well, and I can’t tell you that made my stomach feel any better. I’ve been on the phone with Ernie (Semersky, owner of Conquest Stables) and we may not even run, but we’ll see. It’s something we’re going to discuss. It’s such a huge disadvantage. But she’s overcome some disadvantages in her races before. So we’ll see. Ernie and I have to think about it and talk about it.
“Pool Play, for him the post really doesn’t matter. We got lucky with Conquest Titan, who drew a good post. Again, the post we drew is probably not the greatest for Laugh Track, 12 of 12. But that’s the way the cookie crumbles, right? Now we have to figure out how we want to play the hand.”
Bob Baffert (Fed Biz, Dirt Mile, post 5; Secret Compass, Juvenile Fillies, post 4; Book Review, Filly & Mare Sprint, post 2; New Year’s Day and Tap It Rich, Juvenile, post 4 and post 6, respectively; Secret Circle, Sprint, post 9) – “I like all my draws with one exception: my filly who drew the two (Book Review) in that sprint. She’s a light-bodied filly and I really wanted her to be outside. But that’s the way it is. We’ll hope for the best with her and all the rest. I think we’re going to do some good.”
Jeff Bonde (She’s a Tiger, Juvenile Fillies, post 10; Majestic Stride, Sprint, post 4) – “I’m OK with (She’s a Tiger’s draw). Any time you don’t draw the one (post), you have to be happy. She’s been training great and she’s only a May foal, and she just keeps getting better every week.
“You know we’ve always been really high on (Majestic Stride). He got really sick at Oaklawn Park last year and it’s taken him a long time to recover. But remember this, a fresh horse is always dangerous in the Sprint.”
Patrick Biancone (Diamond Bachelor, Juvenile, post 12) – “A very good draw, inside the two favorites.”
Mike Machowsky (Caracortado, Turf Sprint, post 5) – “That’s good. Towards the middle, when we could have been way inside or outside. I like it.”
Peter Eurton (Dance With Fate, Juvenile, post 2) – “I’m OK with it, although I would have preferred more outside.”
Mike Pender (Jeranimo, Turf Sprint, post 1 and Boat Trip, Turf Sprint, post 6) – “The draw is meaningless. The trips will unfold however they are meant to unfold. Each race has a life unto itself.”
Alan Goldberg (Laughing, Filly & Mare Turf, post 7) – “It probably would have been a little better to be more to the inside, but it’s OK.”
D. Wayne Lukas, (All Cash, Juvenile Turf, post 1) – “If I’d had to choose a post for him I would have picked this one.”
Lukas had to leave early to pick up a friend at the airport. He did say that his prospective entrant in the Turf Sprint, Tour Guide, will run in the Damascus Stakes on Saturday’s undercard because he was, according to Lukas, going to be on the also-eligible list for the Breeders’ Cup. “I didn’t want to bring him all this way and maybe not get to run.”